Today I have the most fun Fairytale Dress to share with you! This is a pattern I adore and it is perfect for this time of year. It can be transformed into just about any Halloween costume. It layers beautifully. And it's great for featuring fun fabrics.
I had the privilege of sewing with this fun Spooktacular Eve fabric by Maude Asbury for Blend Fabrics. This is such a fun fabric line for Halloween. It hits all the whimsical Halloween notes without being over the top or garish. You may remember this Ruby Ruffles Skirt from the same collection last year. Isn't it fabulous?
I mentioned that the Fairytale Dress pattern makes a great costume. A few ideas that immediately come to mine are witches, fairies, pirates, scarecrows, Tinkerbell, Red Riding Hood, and the bodice makes a perfect start for Rapunzel. To provide even more inspiration, I searched through our interactive Facebook group
and found these wonderful examples of dresses shared in the group by Tie Dye Diva Pattern users:
|Adorable witch by Tomi-Anne B.|
|Another great witch by Lucky2BCute|
|Riding Hood by Tina M.|
Now for a little bit more about the Fairytale dress. It is an advanced beginner level pattern due to the recommended buttonholes, but options are included for a no buttonhole version. The pattern includes sizes 12 months through size 5, but when you purchase directly from the Tie Dye Diva website you also receive a bonus e-book for sizes 6/6X and 7/8 in top length.
|Magical fairy by Tina M.|
While the pattern is not recommended for directional prints (because the skirt is not pieced), when you have an amazing directional print such as the owls I used, one simple modification is all you need.
- When cutting your square of directional print add one inch to the length (making it a rectangle).
- Then cut the length in half.
- Turn one rectangle piece so that the heads (in my case) are together as pictured below.
- Flip the top rectangle down onto the bottom rectangle so that right sides are together and seam across the top with a 1/2" seam allowance. Finish this seam.
- You now have a square the same size as directed to cut in the pattern.
|The green line through the center highlights my seam.|
- Continue with the pattern as directed.
|Here you can see where the seam meets on the side.|
The beauty of pattern features on the Tie Dye Diva blog is picking up tips to help you get the most oft of your Tie Dye Diva patterns. This next tip was emailed in from a happy customer and we wanted to pass it along to you our readers so that you benefit from it also!
When cutting your the waist circles of your skirt (if you've ever made the Fairytale pattern you know what I'm talking about), use the cut circles to help you mark quarters on the skirt. After cutting, keep the discarded circle and notch both folded edges.
Then open up the circle, it is now marked in quarters. I went over the notches with a fabric marker for visibility.
Now lay that circle in your opened up skirts and use a marking pen to mark quarters.
Your skirt is now marked in quarters for easy distribution of fullness when gathering. Thanks Karen W. for the tip! This dress came out just beautifully and perfect for fall. Did I mention it twirls?
Speaking of Blog tips to get the most out of your Tie Dye Diva patterns, here are several other tips and ideas using the Fairytale dress on the blog:
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